Special Event


February 2024 Black History Month Programming: The 1850 Ladies

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park


Free. It is Free!


This Art and Inspiration Program will take place at 33 William Street, New Bedford, MA

Dates & Times


Saturday, February 17, 2024


1:00 PM


1 hour and 30 minutes

Type of Event

Living History

This Art and Inspiration Program will start at 1 pm and ends at 2:30 PM


Join the 1850 Ladies, aka Ruth and Abby as they explore both Boston and New Bedford anti-slavery societies on how they used crafting to raise money to support the abolitionist cause. What kinds of hand crafts or quilts were on display for sale? Do they have stories? Do they preserve history the community memories as well as for empowerment? The Ladies will display some of the arts and crafts sold and how New Bedford contributed to the cause. They will also tell stories of New Bedford’s women, who held abolitionist fairs here in the city. 



New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park has announced its programming commemorating Black History Month during February 2024. This year’s theme chosen by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH®) is African Americans and the Arts. New Bedford is known for its rich culture and historical artistic significance, and we celebrate today’s artists of the African diaspora who come from every corner of the globe. Two of New Bedford’s own, Iva Brito and Eden Soares will be telling the stories of their art and inspiration. In addition, the 1850s Ladies will explore New Bedford and Boston anti-slavery societies and how crafts became a part of the abolitionist cause. Finally, the park will show the movie, 12 Years A Slave, directed by African Brit Steve McQueen and tells the story of Solomon Northup, who was kidnapped and sold into enslavement from freedom. 

Reservation or Registration: No

There is no reservation or registration required for the art and inspiration program

Contact Information

Denise Delucia
508 996 4095
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